2016 GENERAL SESSIONS
Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream presented by Sara Goldrick-Rab, Temple University
Description: For the last decade, sociologist Dr. Sara Goldrick-Rab has been studying what happens when economically vulnerable people try to make their way through public higher education. In her eye-opening talk, PAYING THE PRICE: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream Goldrick-Rab reveals the results of an exclusive and highly rigorous study she led that tracked 3,000 young adults over six years. The results show, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that college students are overwhelmingly dropping out because they can’t afford the cost of attendance, not because of other factors.
Of the students Goldrick-Rab and her team followed, half dropped out of school, and less than 20% finished a bachelor’s degree in four years. Additional grant money helped some, but was rarely enough. What is clear is that students rarely finish college when their costs are not fully covered; and if they do, it takes them longer than it should, and they graduate with a substantial amount of debt. This is a crushing blow to those who argue that college—especially public college—is affordable for those who really want to be there, or those who work a job while attending, or those who receive financial aid. It’s not, and this broken system must be fixed.
Dr. Goldrick-Rab’s new book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, will be available for purchase before and after the general session.
Show Me Democracy: Students, Scholarships, and the Power of Change presented by Faith Sandler, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; Dan Parris, Speak Up Productions; Karissa Anderson, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; Karina Arango, Ritenour School District; Robert Elam, The Scholarship Foundation of St. Louis; and Amber Overton, East St. Louis Public Schools
Description: This session is about how students and scholarship organizations can change thinking and lives through the power of direct services - scholarships, advising and collective advocacy action - while exploring film as a critical teaching tool.
In this session, conference attendees will see portions of a feature-length documentary, Show Me Democracy, and will meet the filmmaker and several students featured. Filming began just before the August, 2014 death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, an important context for documenting the journey of these young leaders. The tenet of “nothing about me without me” echoes as each student chosen for a policy internship with The Scholarship Foundation finds a path of engagement in the democratic process, from frontline activist to data analyst.
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2016 BREAKOUT SESSIONS & WORKSHOPS
5.1 - Financial Aid 101 - The Pulse of the Aid Cycle
5.2 - More than Just the Money: How Coaching Can Increase Graduation Rates for Low-Income Students
5.4 - Two Providers Efforts to Stop Scholarship Award Displacement
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5.5 - Trends and the Changing Landscape in Higher Education
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5.6 - Combining Scholarships and Service Programs for Student Recruitment and Retention
5.7 - Advanced Microsoft Outlook Functionality with Email and Calendar
5.8 - Community Foundations: Donor Advised Funds 101
6.1 - Implementing Early FAFSA and Looking Towards Further Simplification
6.2 - #InequityPutsUsInJeopardy
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6.3 - Opportunities for Change for Community Foundations
6.4 - The Heart of It: Allowing Donor Participation in the Scholarship Process
6.5 - Connecting Students to Financial Resources through Scholarship Central
6.6 - Four Year College Completion: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
6.7 - Key Non-discrimination Principles and Actionable Strategies for Institutions of Higher Education and Private Scholarship Providers
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7.1 - Becoming an Effective Meeting Facilitator
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7.2 - Add On With Add-Ins: Data Management and Analysis for Scholarship Providers
7.3 - Achieving Impact Beyond the Scholarship
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7.4 - Maximizing Postsecondary Success Through Strategic Partnerships
7.5 - How to Develop and Implement Effective Communications Plans for Any Scholarship Program
7.6 - Research Before Classes: A Different Type of Scholarship
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